Showing posts with label Others Editing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Others Editing. Show all posts

May 16, 2014

Silver Creek by Salazar

I was recently introduced to the videos of Salazar and Silver Creek was the first of their videos that I fell in love with. Here's what they say about it: Silver Creek tells the tale of a young band of outsiders, isolated and teased in their community, who one day discover the magic of their own creativity and imagination. The kids find solace and support in their celebration, though the moment is short-lived, and others try to break them apart.

Mar 12, 2014

My Friend Jason by Shot in the Dark

This video has been around since 2011, and it seems like every few months I come across it again. My Friend Jason by Shot in the Dark is an incredibly inspirational and powerful video about Jason Rodas and the loss of his mother. It's beautifully shot and will have you reflecting on your own experience.    

Feb 18, 2014

Kenya Chords by Pogo

I've been an avid fan of Pogo for years now, and his editing and sound mixing using pop culture is incredible. His skills go beyond that though. This is one of his entirely original creations using footage he shot in Kenya. The result is an amazing soundscape and a visual expression of the local culture. 

Feb 5, 2014

Make it Count by Casey Neistat

There are plenty of ways of making it count, of finding value in your life, and pursuing your own happiness. I've been a fan of Casey Neistat's work for several years now, and he's proven himself time and time again when it's come to serving up inspiration. Here's one of my favorite videos he's made. 

Nov 9, 2013

Birth to Death as Told by Cinema

This truly is an amazing piece of editing. Not only is the finished product poignant, powerful, and inspiring, but I'm just as impressed by how many hours of footage must have been previewed just to put a short clip like this together. This is Birth to Death as told by Cinema (A Life in Film mashup) narrated by Orson Welles.

Mar 8, 2013

Meet Ming Loo Photography

There's a tremendous amount of talent around Medicine Hat, and Ming Loo is certainly proof of that. He's an incredible photographer with a keen eye for portraiture. The two of us went to high school at the same time, but it's only been in the last few years that I've reconnected with Ming through his work via Ming Loo Photography.

His varied style with numerous models has really hooked me, and I think I've been further pulled in by the fact that his photography is so different to my own. In wanting to know more about Ming and his approach, I took a moment to ask him some questions. Here's what he had to say.  

Ming Loo - Image by Jolaine Rayner of Epic Photography

1. First off, I'd love to know more about your background and what interested you in photography (and video for that matter)?

At first, it wasn't photography that interested me. It was film and video. Im sure you can remember high school lol! After high school I moved to Vancouver and attended the Art Institute of Vancouver, for the Digital Film and Video program. During my time there I found that lighting and being behind the camera were my main interests. After graduating I stayed out west for another year, grabbing camera jobs wherever I could find them.

I was a camera man for CityTV Vancouver, camera for music videos (two of which airing on MuchMusic), short films, worked on XMen 2, Fantastic 4 and SmallVille. I then joined ATV, a production company based in Vancouver that had several aired TV shows: Wings Over Canada, The New Drivers Seat and The Canadian Rally Championship. This was a great opportunity because I got to travel across Canada.

So by this time, I was tired. I had finished school and I was working, but I was tired. So I returned to Medicine Hat with intentions of saving up for a professional video camera. However, after moving back I started using my Dad's old film slr. 1987 Minolta Maxxumm 7000. 8 years later, I'm still taking photos.

2. How would you describe your style or aesthetic, and what do you look for when trying to create it?

My style...hmmmm. I like to think my style is really clean. Im not much of an editor. I like my images to be accurate right out of the camera without any major post work after.

If I was to label myself, I would say I'm a headshots photographer.

3. Do you have a favorite shoot or one that you found particularly defining?

My favorite shoot was one I did in Vancouver. I was there on a personal vacation and it so happened that my friend Erin from the film industry was doing this event at her school. Her and two of her classmates needed to come up with three different looks and find a photographer, model and shoot all three looks in one day. I had worked with Erin before on photo shoots in the past, awesome MUA. We also got a hold of our friend and actress Tanaya to model. Since all three of us have worked together in the past before the day went smoothly without any problems. So much fun!

4. What are some of the most common questions or requests you get from clients, and how do you balance your own creativity with others direction?

Haha! I think the most common question is, "Can you take out this pimple." "Yes, yes I can."

Really, I don't get direction towards me on how I should shoot. When I'm shooting Im give lots of physical direction. I use my hands a lot to guide movements and poses. If a model strikes a pose, I'll work off of that and tweak their position to compliment the angle I'm shooting.

5. There's a long standing debate about the role of the photographer vs. the equipment they use. From a creative perspective, how much credit do you give the camera?

I love camera gear! Everything to my lenses, my camera body and the lights I use. I use the Nikon D3 and all my lenses are pro Nikkor glass. But because I use top of the line gear, that doesn't mean that it makes me a great photographer. It's how you use them. When I enter a shoot, I see the situation and I'll know what lenses I should use. Robert Rodriguez said; "Technology helps push the art form." The equipment I use helps me achieve the images I want to create. Like a carpenter with all the tools in his belt.

You have to know what lenses and lighting setups to use to benefit the shoot. If you don't, then you just have a bag full of tools to show off.

6. With so many other photographers competing (especially in the portrait business) how do you make yourself standout?

I've always been more concerned about improving my own skill set, rather than standing out. We have a huge photo community in the small city of Medicine Hat, and I have no interest in holding monopoly when it comes to this market.

I am more interested in being involved in our photo community. Seeing the new photogs arise from the many. I don't care if you're just starting or you've been in the game for years. I like posting other's photographers work on my own FB page simply to share. As competing as this industry is, I think we should be helping each other out and making it the best industry it can be.

7. I have a lot of students read my blog. What advice would you give to aspiring photographers or those looking to pursue photography professionally?

1) Don't worry about other photographers, be you and do your own thing. 2)Keep shooting and never stop. The more you shoot the more you learn. That's what will make a better photographer 3) Respect. Respect your models, respect your MUA's and hair stylists. Remember, photo shoots are a group effort. 4)If you are looking to do photography as a business, don't wait for it to fall in your lap. Act now. Make things happen. Pursue it.

8. What are your future ambitions regarding your work?

I want to shoot more. I want to learn more. I want to meet new people in the industry and learn from them. It's about growing as an artist and sharing.

And a huge industrial loft studio would be nice too, heheheh.

Dec 26, 2012

2012: What Brought Us Together

As we approach the end of the year, it's videos like this that help remind us of what an incredible time it really was.  The best and worst moments of 2012 are brought to the surface in this profound edit of some of the biggest stories we watched unfold on the web.  This is really well done.

Jul 21, 2012

Cloudy by Friends With You

Some videos are captivating to watch simply because you can't quite explain what they're about.  Cloudy by Friends With You is cute, hypnotic, dream-like, and weird.  It's kind of like Willy Wonka's factory meets Yo Gabba Gabba meets a meteorological video game. Whatever it is, it's kind of addicting.  

Jul 11, 2012

Meet Janaya Hanley

It's a huge pleasure for me to build new relationships with film makers who are just starting out on their careers, especially when it's come as a result of this blog.  Janaya emailed me a few weeks ago with some questions about film, and that got the ball rolling.  Whether I'm able to respond publicly or whether it's just a few words over facebook, I'm humbled by the opportunity to share a few of my experiences in the hopes of spreading inspiration and fostering creativity among those of us who have chosen film, video, and photography as a career path.  In general, I just wanted to say thank you to those of you who have contacted me and who continue to make me realize the value of this journal.  

With that, I'm proud to introduce Janaya Hanley: 

First of all, I want to thank Luke for featuring me on his website!  A few weeks ago I came across his blog by accident, and read a little bit about Luke and his experiences at the University of Regina, and his flourishing career henceforth.  As a current student in the Film Production program at the University of Regina, I was immediately struck by Luke’s story.  As many students in artistic programs do, I was worried about my job prospects, the quality of a university education, and of course, how much it would all cost.  I emailed Luke with my concerns, hoping for a few tidbits about why (and more importantly, how) he did what he did, but instead he responded to my email in a wonderfully thoughtful blog post.  And what’s more, he’s asked me to share my experiences in return.  As someone who considers herself a story-teller, I consider talking about myself an awkward and often difficult experience.  But I’m very excited to do so today, and hopefully many of you will relate to my experiences, and if I’m lucky maybe I’ll be able to give a few words of wisdom.  So here we go!

Ever since I was very small, I’ve always told stories.  When my friends and I had play-dates, we would dress up as princesses and reinact our favorite tales for our parents, and even make up our own.  I remember holding up a set of bed sheets in front of the living room like the curtains in front of a play, and pretending to unveil a dramatic production in the making.  A story could never be too complex, or too detailed, to be told.  Growing up, my artistic aspirations were always encouraged by my parents (one of whom was a professional photographer), who supported my dreams – publish a novel, direct a movie, star in a play – no matter how ambitious.   

By the time I graduated high school, I had already won a provincial drama award and written the first 300 pages of my novel.  I practiced my skills by making fan-videos and fan-fiction under a pen-name, and learned how to take feedback from my peers and from random strangers on the internet.   I also created a few short films with my cheap digital camera, one of which I’ve included;  it was made a few years ago as a high-school adaptation of Chaucer’s “The Pardoner’s Tale”.  Although the camera work was grainy and shaky at best, I am still proud of the set design and lighting set ups, as well as my ability to shoot the project in a few hours.  I still had a long way to go, but I was ambitious about my prospects.  By this point I had narrowed down my interests enough to decide that a job writing for television was for me, that it combined all of these elements that I loved so much. And all that was left was to go to University and get a degree.

As most University students will tell you, my first year was an eye-opener.  I was wide-eyed and bushy-tailed, a small-town girl in a new city, and I was no longer the top of my class.  The other students in my program had already published films, entered festivals, written for the newspaper, and I had some shaky-camera films and an unpublished draft of a fantasy novel rotting on my desk back home.  It was time to pull up my socks and get going.  I wrote more, did more photography, and filmed a few projects that were less shaky than my previous work.  But in the back of my mind there was the uncertainty of what I was doing.  Here I was, spending a lot of money on a university education that might or might not get me a job similar to the one that I wanted.  And this year, the Saskatchewan Provincial government decided to eliminate the film tax credit that would allow film-makers in the province to be able to afford their productions.  Many of my classmates and I wrote to the premier voicing our opinions, and in return he sent us a generic letter saying that there was nothing he could do.  A lot of these same classmates dropped out or switched majors, and those of us who were left continued to take film classes nervously, wondering what sort of future we had once we left the safety of the brick walls on campus.  The intelligent professors, expensive equipment, and pre-arranged assignments would not be there forever. 

As poetic as it would be to say that I had been there and back, I am still not sure where I will end up.  I just haven’t gotten to the end of the tunnel yet.  I surprised myself this year by finding a second love – psychology – which stems from my love of people and their interaction with others.  I imagine myself writing for a tv show with a new and improved understanding of people, thanks to my bright and shiny psychology degree, but on the other hand I worry that it might not be the right road for me. 

Any of you who are interested in film or television, or are already looking into such a career, will understand what I mean when I say that there is no set path. If you want to have your life spelled out for you, to have the certainty of a guaranteed job in a specific amount of time, I recommend becoming a doctor or an engineer.  Because there is no set formula for film-makers.  But for those of you who, like myself, are willing to risk the uncertainty to get a chance to tell a good story, to make people laugh or cry, I highly recommend that you do it.  Everyone will have to get there their own way, be it university, a film festival, an internship, or some other road, but don’t pass up on your dreams simply because it’s scary.  I will continue to pursue film in my own way, no matter what “major” I decide to take, and I will always dream of creating and writing for my own television show.  I will have to decide for myself how to get there, which skills to focus on and what sort of projects are most important to me, but it will happen.

One of Janaya's photographs.

For those of you who are in the same boat, my biggest advice for you is this; If you want to make films, then make films.  As easy as it sounds, you just have to find a way to do what you love. There are so many books and websites that will give you advice on how to format your work, and you can take a class (or get a degree) if you need help.  If you need equipment or software, you can get something for any budget, and there are facilities where you can rent cameras and lighting equipment. Even if you get together with your friends and film a movie with your hand-held camera and make everything yourself, you are still practicing the skills you need to make a bigger project.  You’d be surprised what sort of things – costumes, lighting posts, tripods – you can make around the house.  My classmate once roped a camera to a skateboard to get the appearance of a monster crawling on the ground.  Be personable and make contacts in any industry you are interested in, work on your portfolio, and toot your own horn when you have to.  Look for inspiration everywhere, because help can come from the most unlikely places.  For example, I learned a lot about cinematography from my mother, who has worked in the photography business for over 30 years, my 6th grade teacher taught me a lot about writing, and the post Luke wrote in response to my email was ripe with advice. 

Fall will come before we know it, and onto another school year.  I cannot say how I will make my way yet, but I will continue to work on my skills, expand my contacts, and do what I can to make better and better work.  Although I still get overwhelmed by my future, I know that every young person feels the same way.  I will keep doing what I love, continue to work with my classmates and learn from those who inspire me, and I will figure it out.  If you keep at it, you will too.

A big thanks to Luke, and to all of you who are reading this.

Apr 18, 2012

Last Minutes With Oden by Eliot Rausch

I don't say this casually, but Last Minutes With Oden is in a very select group of YouTube videos that I've ever watched that have actually made tears roll down my face.  The simplicity and raw emotion behind a man saying goodbye to his dog seems to resonate in a way that anyone who has lost someone special can identify with.  It's a touching and powerful short film about love, friendship, and compassion.  Keep the tissues close by.

Feb 20, 2012

ABCinema by Evan Seitz

This cool animation from Evan Seitz highlights the alphabet in cinema.  Twenty six iconic films have been singled out for you to test your own film knowledge.  I've randomly posted a few of my favorite stills from ABCinema below, and can happily say that I've seen every film Seitz used here.  Now how many of these movies do you recognize?

Feb 14, 2012

Remember to Breathe by Travel Alberta

Growing up in this province, it's easy to become jaded when you think you've seen it all before.  The truth is, Alberta is a pretty incredible place to live and this recent promotional video from Travel Alberta features some absolutely stunning footage that helps to explain why.  I honestly can't wait to rediscover some of the sites closer to home this summer, especially now that I already have plans to drive my Jaguar through the mountains in July. 

Nov 30, 2011

Address is Approximate by Tom Jenkins

Without giving too much away I'll say that Address is Approximate by Tom Jenkins is an epic stop motion short involving Google Maps street view, clever set design, and a road trip cross country.  I can't say enough how much I love this.

Nov 10, 2011

A Year in New York by Andrew Clancy

This beautiful edit from Andrew Clancy showcases the everyday nuances of one of the most iconic locations on the planet, New York City.  Complimented by the song We Don't Eat by James Vincent McMorrow, the finished edit is like a well crafted piece of poetry.  

Clancy writes - Living in New York I'd grab my Canon 7D, or S95, and shoot footage of what was going on around me. It seemed like a never ending project and you could stay filming life in New York for a long time. But eventually I put my camera down and started to edit. Here's the end result, it's a bit rough and ready but that's life in the Big Apple I guess.

Oct 1, 2011

Zombinladen: The Axis of Evil Dead

Here's an early Halloween treat for you, Zombinladen: The Axis of Evil Dead!  This fake trailer is both hilarious and skillfully put together to resemble a really campy B-movie.  Osama bin Laden coming back as a zombie? How's that for a terrifying, but cleverly topical concept?  Check it out!